Africa and The Middle East
I have been a Travel Counsellor for twelve years and would like to share with you who I am and what I can offer to you.
I have a passion for the travel industry and with over twenty years of experience in this fast-changing industry, I have evolved and positioned myself to offer highly specialised services to my clients. I have travelled to many countries including Croatia, Italy, Spain, Dubai, USA, Brazil, UK, France, Portugal, Greece and the Greek Islands, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, Australia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Peru, Zambia, Namibia, Seychelles, The Comores and Reunion. I have also travelled extensively in South Africa.
There is now a greater need to make use of the services of a professional like myself to help you travel in these times of uncertainty – I have access to the last travel regulations like quarantine rules, tests, restrictions etc.
In addition to this, I can offer you personal attention and service when booking your travels, while you are travelling as well as upon your return. I only use approved suppliers where your bookings are completely covered against financial default by our Travel Counsellors Financial Protection Plan. My quotes hold no surprises and the rates that I offer you are completely transparent.
I will ensure your travels do not become entangled in mishaps. When things do go wrong (pandemic related changes, earthquakes, flight cancellations, volcanic ash, etc.), I will provide immediate support and assistance to help you to rectify the situation and to ensure that you are always taken care of. I know what pitfalls to look out for before I make your booking and I will ensure that the smallest detail is taken care of. I especially enjoy arranging luxury travel, adventure travel and customised holidays.
Allow me to meet with you (in person or virtually) and I will match your requirements to ensure an unforgettable holiday. With me, you will have a Travel Professional for life!
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
12 July 2017
I flew to the Seychelles on a direct flight from Johannesburg to Mahe, the capital of Seychelles. From Mahe, there is a short connecting flight to Praslin – one of the most scenic flights in the world. The Constance Ephelia Resort on the west side of Mahé island is only a 20 minute drive from the airport via a scenic road over the mountain. The entrance to the resort is behind a bridge over some mangrove forest. The resort stretches over a huge area, but is very well planned. It offers everything families or honeymoon couples would want. The spa facilities...
02 February 2014
Telford is in the county Shropshire, UK and is the home of the world’s oldest cast metal arch bridge. There is also a huge conference venue in Telford, which Telford was our main destination. The small cities and towns of England are really charming, and makes for great self-drive holidays. We flew to Manchester via London on the services of Virgin Atlantic and their local airline: Little Red. It is a great product and the flight; even in economy class was very comfortable. The Virgin Atlantic crew is always friendly and the service impeccable....
19 March 2013
We flew directly to Zanzibar with the new charter service (operated by Mango). It is a quick 3 to 4 hour flight and before you know it, the aircraft circles to land on a small flat island. The charter flight is a weekly flight departing on Tuesdays from Johannesburg. Do not expect any of the modern luxuries such as luggage carousels or air-conditioning at the airport in Zanzibar. Jambo means welcome in Swahili and it is the slogan there. The people are truly friendly and welcoming. Zanzibar’s is made up of coral and sandstone and with the whole island being...
11 September 2012
Eating well and relaxing must be the slogan on this trip. Croatia won its independence from the former Yugoslavia early in the 20th century. The capital city is Zagreb, where much of the old architecture was influenced or designed by the Austrians (It was part of the Austro-Hungarian kingdom at the turn of the previous century). The two most famous UNESCO world heritage sites in Croatia are the Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik city (the old capital of the Dubrovnik Republic). Our self-drive trip took us from Zagreb to Split, then to Dubrovnik, Zadar and Plitvice Lakes and finally back...
17 May 2012
Mauritius – Club Med – La Plantation d’Albion Location: West Coast of Mauritius – 1 hour from the airport This Five Star Resort by Club Med has the only flying trapeze on Mauritius. The huge grounds are magnificent and feature a Zen area for adults (a beautiful quiet beach area with a spa and bar). The Mini Club Med and Juniors’ Club cater for children of all ages. The children take part in great activities such as snorkelling, swimming and even beginners’ classes in flying Trapeze. The club rooms are a good 41 square metre (sq m) in...
28 October 2011
I arrive in Rome in style – with a private airport transfer dropped right in front of the hotel. This is definitely the way to arrive with luggage and all. Our hotel was near Via Veneto, the high street for 5 star hotels in Rome. The area is convenient for visiting the Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain and almost all the central sites. The Hop-on Hop-off bus also stops nearby. The bus is a great way to get a quick history lesson of Rome and to see where all the sites are. The Italians are friendly, the food is...
11 September 2011
Better go to Dubai during their winter, it gets hot there! I visited Dubai during September (Just towards the end of their summer) and quickly learnt the technique of staying in air conditioned areas at all times. Luckily even the bus stops and metro train stations are cooled. The second metro line recently opened and this system is very impressive. The city has “futuristic vision” written all over it. It boasts the tallest building in the world, the Burj al Khalifa and building projects such as blocks of future sky scrapers as well as manmade islands “The World”, “The Palm”...
04 September 2010
This time, I went to Mauritius as a guest of Beachcomber Tours. Mauritius is a comfortable four-hour flight from Johannesburg. The Johannesburg-Mauritius route is serviced daily with direct flights offered by Air Mauritius and SAA. The island’s economy is growing fast, and it has certainly become the destination of choice for those desiring a 4 Star and especially 5 Star luxury island getaway. Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius and the city is a hub for business on the island. For visitors, Port Louis offers a fresh produce; curio, craft and garment market as well as...
05 April 2009
Reunion Island is like a huge - little island in the middle of a huge ocean. A few colonial French towns are scattered around huge volcanic mountains (Over 3000m high). The ever present ocean seems larger than life and the red live volcano is very much an entity to be reckoned with. The last lava flow at Piton de la Fournaise (of a few years ago) is still hot and steaming, while the coastal road has already been rebuilt over this area. The climate is tropical. The culture is French (but with an interesting local flavour). It is an...
02 December 2007
Egypt and Jordan now count as one of my top experiences. The visual impact of the Nile River running through the desert, the size and design of the ancient temples and objects as wells as the laid back atmosphere on a Nile Cruise, all make for one of the best experiences one can have. A few nights in Cairo is all you need to see the Egyptian Museum, the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. Escape the bustle of Cairo on a leisurely cruise down the Nile and be surprised around every bend with temples such as Kom...
24 October 2007
Blue and White Greece - Greek Dancing Evenings - Soflakias at Street Cafes - The Parthenon - Islands I flew to Athens on the direct services of Olympic Airlines. Once in Athens, the Titania Hotel was our home and very well situated. In Athens, there are so many sites to see, walking tours to do and evening entertainment to enjoy. The Parthenon is awesome and is situated on top of the Acropolis. The Acropolis museum is also a must see. One can spend a lot of time wandering through the streets of Athens, where...
Sent in by Carel & Maryna Kriel
Krugersdorp, 23 July 2018
Hallo Chris, Hoop dit gaan goed met jou. Jy het darem seker aangepas na die somer in europa, ons sukkel nog bietjie maar aan die anderkant is dit ook lekker om bietjie koud te kry. Ons twee wil net weereens dankie sê vir al jou reëlings vir ons toer – dit was een “awesome” onvergeetlike toer gewees wat ons nie sommer sal vergeet nie en definitief vir enige iemand kan aan beveel en danksy jou het alles seepglad verloop van die dag dat ons in Johannesburg op die vliegtuig geklim het tot die dag wat ons weer hier af geklim het. Sonder jou profesionele reëlings sou dit nie moontlik gewees het nie. Nogmaals baie dankie en lekker naweek. Groete Carel en Maryna
Sent in by Mia Bothma
Potchefstroom, 24 July 2017
We have just arrived back from our 2nd trip booked and arranged by Chris, and as with the 1st trip we are extremely pleased with the service we received from Chris. Chris makes travelling easy – taking care of all arrangements! The transfers are always on-time and the hotels locally situated making each trip a true holiday! We will definitely recommend Chris to all my friends and family! Thank you Chris!
Sent in by Esther van der Vyver
Stellenbosch, 27 March 2017
Hi Chris, We had a great time - thanks for the welcome back e-mail. That's just the kind of personal touch that I have come to expect from you. I would like to thank you - formally for your great service. You were well informed and able to make the best suggestions based on our needs and budget, and your follow up calls and admin were spot-on. All we had to do was show up. Thank you for making our great family holiday at Club Med D'Albion a reality. I will definitely recommend you to all my friends, and plan to make use of your services again. I'm already saving for that next trip! Esther
Sent in by Isabel Venter
Pretoria, 10 January 2015
Ek het 'n nood situasie gehad waar ek dringend van Vietnam terug na Suid-Afrika toe moes vlieg. Ek het self op die internet gesoek en kon nerens 'n vlug kry nie. Ek het Chris 7 uur in die oggend gebel en hy het my onmiddelik gehelp. Ek het binne 2 ure terugvoer gekry oor 'n vlug en daardie middag was alles 100% uitgesorteer. Chris het selfs my vlugte vir my in-geboek. Al wat ek moes doen was om dit uit te print. My sitplek op die vlug was by die venster ten spyte van die feit dat dit op die laaste minuut geboek was. Ek weet nie hoe Chris dit reg gekry het nie maar dit was regtig wonderlik. Sy diens is uitstekend en vinnig. Ek was regtig baie beindruk en sal altyd in die vervolg van hom gebruik maak as ek enige plek heen wil reis.
Sent in by Vernon Korff
Johannesburg, 07 May 2013
This is the 2nd time we are making use of Chris's services and we are highly impressed and more than satisfied. Chris always goes out of his way to take into account what one wants from a trip, making useful and helpful suggestions to compliment one's trip, and he sorts out all the little extras that one does not have the time to sort out. We recommend Chris without any reservation.
Sent in by Laurie & Brenda Troxler
Bryanston, 31 January 2012
Chris has been an excellent Travel Counsellor for our trip on Legend of the Seas as well as for all our other bookings. He is very efficient and his attention to detail is excellent! His follow up procedure and execution of our trip has been unmatched by any travel agent that we have used in the past. Any future travels done by us will be with him. I will recommend him to any friends wanting to travel.
Sent in by Linda Marshall
Johannesburg, 23 January 2012
I would just like to confirm my utter satisfaction I received from Chris from Travel Counsellors and I would highly recommend him to anyone else. Regards Linda Marshall (011) 344 3696) or Cell: 082 465 3365
Sent in by Kobie Du Plessis
Gauteng, 30 July 2010
Chris se klientediens is uit die boonste rakke. Van dag een wat ons hom genader het vir kwotasies het hy meer as die ekstra myl geloop. Ek sal hom enige tyd aanbeveel. Hy hou jou heeltyd op hoogte van die proses ens. Dankie Chris vir puik diens.
Sent in by Gert Botes
Kimberley, 18 May 2010
Chris het vir my en my vrou 'n toer deur Egipte en Jordanië gereël gedurende die Desember vakansie. Vandat ons met die reëlings begin het, het Chris ons op hoogte gehou met alles wat aangaan, visum gereël, oproepe beantwoord ens.Om Chris se profesionaliteit op te som - puik. Maak gerus van Chris se dienste gebruik.'n Puik Kimberley na Cairo ervaring.
Sent in by Abraham du Plooy
Johannesburg (Greenstone Hill), 13 May 2010
Chris booked us a 5 Star holiday for a 3 Star price. I was also impressed with his assistance after we made the booking, constantly checking in with us and giving us feed-back on check-ins and confirmations, especially during the volcanic ash crisis. Even while in Europe, he sms'ed to confirm our airport transfer. We felt like friends and not clients. Very professional. A pleasant experience.
Sent in by Alison Botha
Johannesburg, 28 October 2009
Chris attends to all my travel. His service is excellent and he really goes the extra mile. He has extensive travel knowledge and what I like most is that he does not just send you the one option you ask for, but various options that you might not know about which make your bosses life easier while travelling. I do hope you know if I ever move jobs you are coming with me! Thanks Chris!
Sent in by Glynis Davies
Johannesburg, 15 July 2009
Chris is a pleasure to do business with. He is well organised and always puts an amazing travel package together. The other real advantage that one has when dealing with Chris is that you have no unexpected surprises when travelling, all flights and accommodation are always correct. I really recommend Chris to anyone that wants to make any travel arrangements.
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
Contact me on 079 3173380